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Making Things Easier

Using Aliases and Friendly Port Names

Let's face it: Numeric IP addresses are hard to remember. Luckily, you don't have to remember them. Right-click on any of the lines in the Latest IP Connections table and select Create Alias => Using Local IP

Context menu

This will bring up a window where you can assign an easy-to-remember alias to any IP address shown by CommView:

Aliases dialog

Enter any alias name (we chose MyAddress). Close this dialog and…

IP connections displayed using aliases

See, the data looks much more understandable, especially if you're monitoring a LAN segment with dozens of computers. When looking at the connection list, we see that the first connection was a DNS query while the second and fourth ones were HTTP sessions with Wikipedia. Just what we expected? Well, not quite… what's that connection to Why did my PC make it? Let's try to find out.

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